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Exclusive ride on first self-driving motorbike

Exclusive ride on first self-driving motorbike

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Sky News has been given an exclusive ride on the first self-driving motorbike. The BMW C1 can steer, control its speed and keep itself upright without any human intervention.It is the first step towards a fully autonomous machine that could whisk passengers through city traffic far more safely.Engineer Torquil Ross-Martin has set up a company, AutoRd Limited, to develop the bike.He said the on-board computer reacts far more quickly than a brain to dangerous situations, such as a gust of wind or an obstruction."A computer can do a better job than a human can because it is always concentrating."When commuting you are not necessarily completely focussed on what you are doing."You are thinking about what you are going to do when you get to the office or whether you are running ...
Google's self-driving car involved in Honda smash

Google's self-driving car involved in Honda smash

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Police are investigating a car crash involving a self-driving vehicle owned by Google's Waymo.The Waymo vehicle was hit when a Honda sedan swerved to avoid another car and drove into the opposing traffic lane.Police in Chandler, Arizona, said the Waymo car was in autonomous mode, although there was an occupant in the driver's seat.A video released by Waymo shows how the oncoming sedan swerves across multiple lanes before the crash.[embedded content]Questions will be raised regarding whether a human driver would have been able to move out of the Honda's way.Waymo said: "Our team's mission is to make our roads safer - it is at the core of everything we do and motivates every member of our team."We are concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery."...
US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

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One of America's largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year.US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents.It said the scheme, spanning 750 miles of road, would be the "largest by area size" in the world.It comes as safety concerns about self-driving cars persist after testing problems and some accidents.Voyage already operates a handful of driverless taxis at another retirement community in San Jose, California, also called the Villages, but said it had begun testing vehicles in Florida ahead of a much larger roll-out. Once the scheme is fully operational, it said all residents would be able to summon a self-driving car using its mobile app. "[Then they can] travel ...